The Flyer’s Euphoria Ends

The Flyer’s euphoria ends in a 5-2 defeat in Pittsburgh. All things were bright and shiny for the Philadelphia Flyers who were riding the crest of the first two back-to-back road shutouts in franchise history. The home Penguins would be missing their leader, Sidney Crosby.

If you threw out the Boston defeats, Philly came in riding an 11-2 record against the rest. The downside? Despite coming off a shut-out, the suddenly mortal Carter Hart has allowed four or more goals in 12 appearances. Factor in, for the first time in nearly a full year, actual people would be in the building.

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The Flyers shutout string would continue into and beyond the first period. With 2:32 played in the second stanza, Joel Farabee would get the visitors on the board. Finally, all good things come to an end, and after 143:39 or shut-out time, Kasper Kopanen put Pittsburgh on the board to knot it up at 1-1.

Five minutes later, Kopanen did it again and Pittsburgh was taking charge. Bryan Rust pushed it to 3-1 less than two minutes later and the second closed with that score. Farabee added a second at the 11:00 mark of the third and it appeared the dogfight was on.

The battle lasted all of 1:03 when former Flyer, Mark Friedman aided in a Codi Ceci tally that put the Pens up by two at 4-2. Mike Matheson added his second of the season to salt this one away, 5-2. Philadelphia had a huge edge in shots at 42-27. The Flyer’s euphoria ends in a 5-2 defeat in Pittsburgh.

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.